New marina hotel plans on agenda

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PLANS to build a new 65-bed hotel near Hartlepool marina are set to be discussed by councillors.

Jomast wants to build the new hotel at The Lanyard, in Hartlepool, on land next to the KFC restaurant and Vue Cinema, known as Metropolitan Park.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee is due to meet on Friday to discuss the plans, which have been recommended for approval.

The hotel, which would be operated by Travelodge, would include a reception area, restaurant and bar.

It is understood the five-storey development could create six full-time and nine part-time jobs.

Ahead of the meeting, council planners have received five letters of objection, 10 letters of no objection and one letter of support.

Concerns centre around the height of the building and increased levels of noise and traffic.

If approved, the hotel would have both family and double rooms and it would be around the corner from the Premier Inn hotel, off Maritime Avenue.

Details of how much the development would cost have yet to be released.

The application site covers two hectares of land off The Lanyard.

Jomast wants to build the hotel on land next to the Trincomalee Wharf scheme, near the Museum of Hartlepool, which could include a mix of shops, accommodation, offices and restaurants.

If councillors back plans then the hotel would be built on the car park to the east of KFC.

A planning report said: “The proposed hotel building will be five storeys in height and will include 65 bedrooms, a reception area and a restaurant and bar area.

“The proposal will involve the loss of 37 parking spaces in the car park immediately to the east of the KFC restaurant; however the applicant is proposed to reconfigure the parking area to the extreme west of the Metropolitan Park to provide an additional 32 spaces.

“There will therefore be a net loss of overall car parking on the site, as existing, of five spaces.”

The report added that the outside of the building will be a mix of “cladding sheets, coloured renders, art stone dressings, double glazed metal framed windows and decorative concrete blocks”.

If approved, three of the double bedrooms would have wheelchair access, one on the ground floor and two on the first floor.

The committee is due to meet on Friday, at 10am, at the civic centre.